Convert a pre-7.0 coverage into a format that is recognized by ArcInfo Desktop

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Instructions provided explain how to convert a pre-7.0 ArcInfo coverage into a format that is recognized by ArcInfo Desktop.


A pre-7.0 ArcInfo coverage Properties dialog box can be displayed in ArcCatalog, but the data cannot be previewed, added to ArcMap, or converted to another format.

[O-Image] Pre-7 Coverage Properties viewed in ArcCatalog
  1. To convert the coverage to a 7.0 format, start an ArcInfo command window:
  • Click Start > Programs > ArcGIS > ArcInfo Workstation > Arc
  1. Use the WORKSPACE command to navigate to the directory that contains the pre-7.0 workspace.
Arc: WORKSPACE {workspace} 

Where {workspace} is the system path of a directory or subdirectory.

  1. Use the CONVERTWORKSPACE command to convert from pre-7.0 to a format that can be used by ArcInfo Desktop.

Where NEW is a keyword that tells to convert the pre-7.0 coverage to a 7.0 coverage, and {workspace} is the name of the workspace to convert.

Article ID:000002062

  • ArcMap 9 x
  • ArcMap 8 x

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